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The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets. In this issue you will find stories of locally produced foods, plant a tree of life, the emerging role of food hubs, and steep hills meet steep demand.

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Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry

We focus on the role of indigenous, traditional ecological knowledge. Indigenous communities include American Indians, Alaska Natives, Caribbean and Pacific Islanders, and others.

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the NAC…

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RFD-TV’s “Out on the Land” features episodes about silvopasture and windbreaks

Posted July 9, 2014

George and Pat Owen’s silvopasture operation was featured on the July 1, 2014, episode of “Out on the Land”. Also watch the season 2 episode featuring Derek Lepke’s windbreaks in the Texas Panhandle.

New Website for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Posted June 27, 2014

On June 23, 2014, USDA released the new New Farmers website for beginning farmers and ranchers. This resource will allow new farmers to access a centralized location for information on USDA programs relevant to them. It includes information on getting started, education and assistance, access to land and capital, managing risk, protecting the environment, and expanding business. Details on the website and policy changes in support of beginning farmers and ranchers are discussed in a press release.

Susan Stein Selected as New Director at the USDA National Agroforestry Center

Posted June 25, 2014

Susan Stein.
Susan Stein.

Susan brings extensive experience in technology transfer, working with researchers to communicate research results to managers, land owners, and policy-makers. Much of this work has been accomplished through forming and leading multidisciplinary teams from across the Federal government, as well as from universities, non-governmental organizations, and State governments.

Early in her career she served as the International Programs agroforestry coordinator, advising USAID missions on project design and improvement, providing training on project implementation, and synthesizing research. Susan has lead efforts to integrate open space conservation tools and practices into Forest Service programs, and lead the process producing the Forests on the Edge publications which are widely used by planners at all levels of government.

Susan has also advised Forest Service field units on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, managed the National Forest Stewardship Program, and coordinated a White House Interagency Ecosystem Management Working Group.

Her educational background includes a Masters in Forestry (Yale School of Forestry, 1984) and an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology (Mount Holyoke College, 1979). She and her husband Bruce Stein live in Washington DC with their two sons, Noah (12) and Ben (15).

Contact Information: Susan Stein, Director – USDA National Agroforestry Center, sstein@fs.fed.us.

New Pilot Program Offers Coverage for Diversified Farms

Posted June 23, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new risk management option that will be available for fruit and vegetable growers and producers with diversified farms. Many agroforestry systems are part of diversified operations. Whole-Farm insurance allows farmers to insure all crops on their farm at once, rather than insuring commodity by commodity. The program will be implemented in counties across the country and will expand in availability over the next several years.

Read more about the new pilot program for diversified farms…

Inside Agroforestry Newsletter Now Available

Posted June 10, 2014

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The USDA National Agroforestry Center has just released the latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter. This issue features locally produced foods, plant a tree of life, the emerging role of food hubs, and steep hills meet steep demand.

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

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About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

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